Geneva got outstanding pitching performances from Ashley Archer and Rebekah Wahl on Saturday but both hurlers suffered hard luck losses. In seven innings of work, Archer allowed just one earned run on five hits. She struck out nine including the first four batters of the game. Ramapo took advantage of a dropped fly ball in the second inning to post a pair of runs. The Golden Tornadoes responded with a run of their own in the third inning when Sam Bautista scored on a throwing error that followed a base hit off of the bat of Martha Adams. Geneva managed only two hits in the game one loss.
Game two was much of the same for the Geneva offense. The Golden Tornadoes had just four hits in the night cap including a pair of singles from Lexi Svingos. Kara Zimmerman delivered an RBI single in the seventh to cut Geneva’s deficit in half, but the Golden Tornadoes could not get the equalizer. Wahl pitched five innings and allowed two runs on five hits. Julie DiLonardo pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the Golden Tornadoes.
will begin its northern schedule next Thursday when it travels to LaRoche
College. The home opener for the Golden Tornadoes will be a week from today
against Penn State Greater Allegheny.
March 21, 2009: HOME SWEET HOME, GENEVA BREAKS OUT BATS IN HOME OPENER
Beaver Falls, PA – Geneva’s softball team was 10-2 in the first year on its home field back on the Geneva College campus in 2008. The Golden Tornadoes began year number two at the new facility in impressive fashion. Geneva took a pair of games from Penn State Greater Allegheny by the scores of 21-6 and 9-1. Both games were stopped after five innings due the mercy rule.
To say the offense got going early may be the biggest understatement of the day. The Golden Tornadoes posted 14 runs in the bottom of the first inning of the game number one. Geneva banged out ten hits in the opening frame and twice batted through the line-up. Ten of the runs were scored after two outs and the inning was capped by the first career home run off the bat of Lexi Svingos. Later in the game, freshman Julie DiLonardo launched her first career dinger. For the game, Geneva had 15 hits including a four hit effort from Martha Adams. Adams scored three runs and drove in five in the victory. Svingos had a home run and double and accounted for four RBI’s. On the mound, Ariel Lilly picked up her second victory of the season in four innings of work. She allowed four earned runs on seven hits. She struck out six including three straight punch outs in the third inning.
Game two proved to be much of the same for the Geneva offense as it posted a five run second inning and a four run third. Three straight singles to open the second were followed by a bases clearing triple from Martha Adams. In the third inning, Kim Slater cleared the bases with a three-run double to spark a four run rally. Amy Pearce launched her first home run of the season and 22nd of her career. She is just one homer away from tying Erin Exler’s school record of 23 set in 2003. DiLonardo threw four innings in earning her first collegiate victory. She allowed just one unearned run on four hits. She struck out five batters in the victory. Like game one, Rebekah Wahl picked up the final three outs. On the day, Wahl faced eight hitters and struck out five in just two innings of action.
Golden Tornadoes will welcome Penn State Beaver to campus on Tuesday and
Carlow University on Wednesday for back to back home doubleheaders. Geneva
opens PAC play next Saturday at Grove City College.
March 24, 2009: WIN STREAK REACHES SIX WITH TWO WINS OVER PENN STATE BEAVER
Beaver Falls, PA – It has been a perfect start to the northern portion of the schedule for the Geneva College softball team. On Tuesday, the Golden Tornadoes moved their winning streak to six games with a pair of wins over Penn State Beaver by scores of 6-2 and 8-1. The doubleheader sweep moved Geneva’s overall record to 10-6.
Martha Adams got the Golden Tornadoes going early with a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first of game one. An unearned run in the second inning extended the lead and then the Golden Tornadoes opened up the game with a three run third inning. Lexi Svingos plated a pair of runs with a two-run double and then scored herself on an RBI single from Lyndsay Piette. Piette and Adriane Blake had two hits each in game one to pace an offense that featured six hits. Ashley Archer went the distance for her fifth victory of the season. Archer allowed two earned runs on four hits. She struck out eight and walked two in the win.
Rebekah Wahl won for the second time this spring with a solid five inning outing. She allowed one earned run on just three hits. Wahl struck out three batters on her way to a 2-3 overall mark so far this season. Julie DiLonardo tossed a pair of scoreless innings to close out the game. Geneva’s offense got going early with five runs in the first inning. After three consecutive singles to start game, Amy Pearce delivered a bases clearing double to put Geneva up 3-0. Pearce later delivered her second homer of the season to extend Geneva’s lead. Pearce’s two-run shot in the fourth inning was her 23rd career homer that tied Geneva’s career mark. Kara Zimmerman later delivered an RBI single to give Geneva its 8-1 lead. Pearce and Blake finished with two hits each in game two with Pearce finishing game two with five RBI’s.
will look to continue its roll on Wednesday with another non-conference
doubleheader against Carlow University. The Golden Tornadoes open PAC play
on Saturday at Grove City College.
April 1, 2009: GENEVA R & B SOUNDS GREAT, RICH AND BLAKE LEAD SWEEP
Beaver Falls, PA – Game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader between Geneva and Bethany came down to the final at-bat when sophomore Adriane Blake laced a two-run single to give the Golden Tornadoes a dramatic come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Bison. The night cap featured a pair of solo home runs off of Michawn Rich’s bat that led the Golden Tornadoes to a 7-2 win. The sweep moved Geneva’s overall record to 13-7, including nine victories in its last ten games.
Moments after Bethany had grabbed a 4-2 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, the Golden Tornadoes responded with a three spot in the bottom of the inning to get the win. Rich plated the first run of the rally with an RBI double which set the stage for Blake’s dramatics. Ashley Archer went the distance for her seventh victory of the season. She allowed three earned runs on four hits. She also struck out nine in the victory. Geneva got single runs in the third and fourth innings, including another Rich RBI double. Geneva had eight hits in game one including multiple hit games from Rich and Kim Slater.
While Rich had a pair of RBI doubles in game one, she featured a pair of solo homers in the night cap. Rich got Geneva on the board in the first inning with her first solo dinger of the game. Bethany responded with a pair of tallies in the bottom of the first inning. Amy Pearce tied the game with an RBI single in the third before the Golden Tornadoes broke it open with three runs in the fifth inning. Following Rich’s second homer of the game, Lexi Svingos and Lyndsay Piette each delivered RBI singles. In the seventh inning, Sarah Arata came up with a two-run pinch hit single to extend the lead.
Julie DiLonardo started the game and allowed one earned run in three innings. Rebekah Wahl picked up the victory with four scoreless innings of relief. Wahl allowed just one base runner in four innings while striking out six batters.
will host Thomas More in a doubleheader on Friday before welcoming Thiel
to College Hill for a doubleheader on Saturday.
April 11, 2009: BATS COME ALIVE IN DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP, PEARCE’S RECORD SETTER LEADS HR BARAGE
Beaver Falls, PA – Geneva’s softball team has shown glimpses of its offensive prowess throughout the season, but it had not come completely together until Saturday. The Golden Tornadoes swept a doubleheader from Washington & Jefferson by identical 7-4 scores on the strength of a very impressive offensive display. The pair of victories moved Geneva’s overall record to 16-10.
The President’s plated a run in the first inning of game one before the Golden Tornadoes answered with three runs in the third. Amy Pearce drove in the first run with a double and Lyndsay Piette delivered a two-run base hit. After the Golden Tornadoes scored again in the fourth, W & J quickly tied the game on a three-run homer from Kristine Barry. Moments later, Geneva’s Adriane Blake came right back with a three-run homer of her own to give Geneva its three-run cushion right back.
Ashley Archer went the distance for her ninth victory of the season and 50th of her career. She is just one win away from Erinne Metler’s career record of 51 victories. Archer allowed six hits and struck out ten batters in the victory. Offensively, the Golden Tornadoes managed 12 hits in game one including a 4-4 effort from Michawn Rich and two hits each from Blake, Pearce and Piette.
Michawn Rich led a ten hit attack in game two with three more knocks in the night cap. Rich was 7-8 in the doubleheader and scored four runs. She crossed the plate twice in game two, but it was Adriane Blake who scored in the first to get Geneva on the board on another Amy Pearce RBI double. W & J plated three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead. The Golden Tornadoes tied the game in the second on RBI hits from Sam Bautista and Rich. Martha Adams knocked in the go ahead run with an RBI double in the fifth inning, but W & J answered again with a single tally in the bottom of the fifth. The Golden Tornadoes put the game out of reach in the seventh on a two-run homer from Rich and a solo home run from Amy Pearce. Pearce collected her record setting 24th home run of her career to surpass Erin Exler’s all-time record.
Julie DiLonardo started the game and went 2 2/3 before Rebekah Wahl worked though the sixth inning. Wahl picked up her fourth win with 3 1/3 innings of work. She allowed one run on just two hits. Ashley Archer picked up her first save of the season with a scoreless seventh inning.
will be right back to work at home on Monday when it hosts former American
Mideast Conference foe Point Park in a 3 pm doubleheader.
April 16, 2009: PAIR OF ONE RUN VICTORIES GIVE GENEVA SWEEP OVER HIRAM
Beaver Falls, PA – The Geneva College softball team has certainly seen its share of heartbreaking losses this season. On Thursday, the Golden Tornadoes turned the tables with a pair of tight victories of its own against Hiram College by the scores of 3-2 and 7-6. The doubleheader sweep moved Geneva’s record to 19-11, including three straight victories.
Game one seemed to be well in control for Geneva mostly because of the dominant pitching performance by Rebekah Wahl. Wahl pitched five innings of shut-out ball before handing the game over to Ashley Archer. Wahl allowed just three hits in her five innings of work. She struck out seven in picking up her sixth victory of the season. Archer allowed a pair of unearned runs in picking up her second save of the year. Geneva used three solo home runs for all of its offense. Amy Pearce hit her fourth of the season to open the scoring in the fourth. Martha Adams followed with a solo shot in the fifth and Sam Bautista connected on her second home run in as many games to extend the lead to 3-0 in the sixth. Hiram left a pair of runners on base, including the tying run on second when Archer picked up her second strikeout to close out game one.
Geneva had seven hits in game including a pair from Amy Pearce, who reached base in six of her seven plate appearances on the day.
Game two took extra innings to decide before the Golden Tornadoes came away with the game winner in the bottom of the eighth. The Golden Tornadoes got on the board with a two-spot in the first inning. Michawn Rich scored on a wild pitch and Lyndsay Piette knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly. A three-run homer for Hiram gave the Terriers a 3-2 lead in the second inning. Geneva responded with solo runs in the third and fourth innings. Martha Adams connected on an RBI triple and Leanne Abate delivered an RBI double to give Geneva its lead back.
took back control and carried a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh
inning. Adriane Blake hit a solo homer to get Geneva to within a run and
then Sam Bautista delivered a two-out RBI single to tie the game. In the
bottom of the eighth, Adams executed a perfect bunt base hit that scored
Abate with the winning run. Julie DiLonardo pitched three innings
in relief to earn her second victory of the season. Geneva had nine hits
in the night cap including a pair from Rich and Adams.
March 8, 2010: Geneva Opens Softball Season with Sweep
Kissimmee, FL – The Geneva College softball team didn’t get to practice once outside before traveling to Florida this week. Apparently the Golden Tornadoes’ had stored some energy as they scored 18 runs in picking up a pair of victories to open the new campaign. Geneva defeated Mt. St. Joseph 11-6 before rallying to beat Catholic University 7-6.
The Golden Tornadoes jumped out early in game one when Martha Adams scored on an Adriane Blake ground out. Three more runs came across the plate in the second inning highlighted Leah Prisuta fielder’s choice and an Adams base hit. Leanne Abate slashed a three-run double in the third inning to break the game open. Abate finished the doubleheader with a perfect 5-5 day at the plate. Julie DiLonardo allowed just one base runner in four innings of work while striking out eight batters. Geneva watched Mt. St. Joseph crawl closer with a five run fifth inning but an RBI single from Samantha Michetti and a double from Abate put the game away.
In the night cap, Geneva fell behind 2-0 in the first, but Prisuta hit a solo homer to cut the lead in half. Three Catholic University errors helped three more runs in the second inning. Trailing 6-5 into the bottom of the sixth, Geneva got the tying run on a throwing error and took the lead on a Lexi Svingos sacrifice fly.
will face Ursinus and Greensboro on Tuesday as the Golden Tornadoes continue
their 12-game, 8 day run in Florida.
March 10, 2010: Geneva Splits A Pair in Florida
Kissimmee, FL – It may be difficult to find two games so different by the same team on the same day. Geneva College cruised to a 9-1 victory over Regis College in game one on Wednesday and then dropped an 11-1 decision to NAIA Marian University in the night cap. Both games lasted only five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule. After three days in Florida and six games, the Golden Tornadoes sit at 3-3 for the season.
On Wednesday, the doubleheader could not have started better as Geneva posted eight runs in the bottom of the first inning. An RBI single from Kara Zimmerman and a two-run single from Anjelica Marsh highlighted the early rally. Geneva put together seven hits in the early outburst. Julie DiLonardo made those runs hold up with four scoreless innings as she moved to 3-1 on the season. Jenny Barrett allowed one unearned run in her inning of work.
Game two could not have started worse as Marian University posted four first inning runs and never looked back. Geneva’s lone run came on an RBI single from Adriane Blake in the third inning. Marian exploded for six runs in the fourth inning to break open a 5-1 game. Geneva had just three hits in the night cap with Blake picking up a pair in the loss. Ariel Lilly was saddled with the loss after 3 2/3 innings of work in the circle.
an off day on Thursday, Geneva will face Emmanuel and Dubuque on Friday
morning as the 12-game Florida swing continues through the weekend.
March 13, 2010: Geneva Drops Two In Florida
Kissimmee, FL – Two games with the same negative outcome for the Geneva softball team on Saturday were reached in two very different ways. One out away from victory in game one, the Golden Tornadoes dropped a 4-3 extra inning decision to Staten Island. In the night cap, Geneva fell behind early and lost 8-0 to Trine University in five innings. The doubleheader loss dropped Geneva’s overall record to 3-5 during its Florida swing which will be completed on Monday.
DiLonardo allowed just two hits and struck out ten batters but was
handed the hard luck loss. The second of two Staten Island hits came with
two outs in the bottom of the eighth which scored a pair of runs to steal
the victory from Geneva. The Golden Tornadoes had taken a 3-2 lead in the
top of the eighth on a Leanne Abate RBI double. Adriane Blake’s fielder’s
choice and Lexi Svingos’ double plated Geneva’s first two runs of the game.
Geneva yielded an unearned run in the sixth that tied the game and eventually
sent it into extra innings.
The night cap was much less competitive as Trine plated five runs in the second to break the game open. Three more runs in the fifth instituted the mercy rule as Geneva dropped to 3-5 on the season. The Golden Tornadoes managed just three hits in the night cap.
will play Nichols College and Rutgers-Camden on Monday before heading back
to Beaver Falls.
March 15, 2010: Florida Fizzle, Bats Silenced in Southern Finale
Kissimmee, FL – It has been a busy eight days for the Geneva softball team. On Monday, the Golden Tornadoes closed out their Florida swing by dropping a pair of 1-0 decisions to Nichols College and Rutgers-Camden. The doubleheader loss dropped Geneva’s overall record to 3-7 while its scoreless streak reached 19 straight innings without a run.
Geneva picked up a pair of outstanding pitching performances but both were wasted as the Golden Tornadoes were unable to cross home plate in the doubleheader. In game one, Julie DiLonardo scattered six hits while striking out seven batters in seven innings of work. Geneva was 0-7 with runners in scoring position in game one and twice stranded a runner at third with less than two outs. Geneva had just four hits including a pair of doubles from Adriane Blake.
In the night cap, it was more of the same as Geneva wasted an outstanding performance from Ariel Lilly. Lilly did not allow a run in seven innings yielding just three hits. DiLonardo was handed the loss when the winning run crossed the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning on a throwing error. Geneva had five hits in the loss with a pair of singles coming from Martha Adams
Golden Tornadoes will be back in Beaver Falls on Tuesday to prepare for
road doubleheaders with Point Park and Hiram later this week.
March 18, 2010: Geneva Salvages Split at Point Park
Pittsburgh, PA – The Geneva College softball finally ended a 25 inning scoreless drought in the first of two games against Point Park on Thursday. The Golden Tornadoes dropped a 5-1 decision to the Pioneers before finding their offensive in the night cap with a 10-8 extra inning victory. Geneva finished the day with an overall record of 4-8 after the first action up north this season.
Julie DiLonardo got the loss in game one after pitching a solid game. Trailing 1-0 into the bottom of the fifth, Geneva yielded four runs on a grand slam that broke the game open. The Golden Tornadoes broke the shut-out in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of DiLonardo. Geneva managed six hits in game one but went 0-10 with runners in scoring position.
Game two was a different offensive story. On the mound, Ariel Lilly gave Geneva a 5-2 lead into the fifth inning before the Pioneers exploded for six runs to take a three-run advantage. The Golden Tornadoes bounced right back to tie the game with three in the sixth before winning the contest with a pair in the top of the eighth. DiLonardo opened the scoring with her first home run of the season. Adriane Blake launched a three-run homer in the third to put Geneva back on top. Trailing 8-6 in the sixth, Martha Adams lined a two-run double to fence to tie the game. Blake struck again in the eighth inning with a two-run game winning single that proved to be the difference. DiLonardo picked up the victory with 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
will travel to Hiram on Saturday and will open its home schedule on March
27th against Ursuline.
March 20, 2010: Geneva Rallies For Split at Hiram
Hiram, OH – Coaches love to see how teams respond to adversity. For the second time in as many doubleheaders the Geneva College softball team rallied for a game two victory to salvage a doubleheader split. Golden Tornadoes dropped game one against Hiram 2-0 before coming back for a 10-3 win in the night cap. The split left Geneva’s overall record at 5-9.
Game one was dominated by pitching as Geneva managed just three hits while sophomore Julie DiLonardo held Hiram to just six hits but it was the sixth and final hit the proved most costly. A two-run double with one out in the bottom of the sixth plated the game’s only two runs. DiLonardo struck out three but picked up the hard luck loss. Offensively, Geneva had just three hits including back to back singles from Leanne Abate and Sam Bautista in the fourth but the rally came up empty.
Game two looked very familiar for four innings as the Geneva offense was kept in check falling behind 3-0 heading into the sixth The Golden Tornadoes batted around in the sixth scoring seven runs on four hits. Geneva took advantage of a pair of Hiram errors and got a two-run double off the bat of Bautista to cap off the rally. Sam Michetti and Martha Adams picked up RBI hits in the seventh to give Geneva some insurance. Adams started for Geneva and went four innings before Jenny Barrett posted a scoreless fifth inning. Barrett picked up her first collegiate victory with DiLonardo closing out the victory with two scoreless innings of relief.
Geneva will travel to Penn
State Beaver on Wednesday before the home opener next Saturday against
March 24, 2010: Geneva Splits, DiLonardo Fires No-No
Monaca, PA – Geneva’s softball team could not have played any better in the first of two games against Penn State Beaver on Wednesday. The Golden Tornadoes cruised to an 8-0, 5 inning victory over the Lions on the strength of no-hit pitching from sophomore Julie DiLonardo. It was the first Geneva no-hitter since 1998 as the Golden Tornadoes took care of business in game one of the doubleheader. Game two turned out quite different as the Geneva bats went somewhat quiet in a 6-3 loss to the Lions. The doubleheader split left Geneva sitting at 6-10 for the season.
In game one, the Golden Tornadoes broke open the game with seven runs in the second inning. DiLonardo, the star on the mound, got the offense going with her second home run of the season. Later in the inning, Adriane Blake launched a three-run homer to highlight the seven run rally. Leah Prisuta also had a hand in driving in a pair on a single in the second inning. Those runs were more than enough for DiLonardo who went all five innings and allowed only a one-out walk in the fifth as the only Lion’s baserunner. She struck out four in picking up her fifth win of the season. Geneva had eight hits in the victory including a pair from Samantha Bautista.
In the night cap, Penn State scored two in the first and another in the second to open a 3-0 lead. Geneva rallied back with a pair of runs in the third inning on RBI hits from Blake and Bautista. The Lions cashed in on a three run homer in the bottom of the third to extend the lead. Morgan D’Eramo’s RBI single in the sixth was too little, too late for Geneva who could not get back into the game.
Golden Tornadoes will open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday
when they host Ursuline at 1 pm in a doubleheader.
March 27, 2010: Blake Launches Game Winner in Sweep
Beaver Falls, PA – Geneva College junior shortstop Adriane Blake hit a pair of two-run homers on Saturday and each played significant role in victories for the Golden Tornadoes. Geneva swept a doubleheader from Ursuline College by scores of 8-7 and 5-3 with the nightcap going eight innings before Blake struck for the second time on the day. The sweep moved Geneva’s overall record to 8-10 as it picked up a pair wins in the home opener.
A pitcher’s duel in game one quickly turned into a slugfest late in the game. With Geneva trailing 1-0 into the bottom of the fifth, Lori Deem launched her first collegiate home run with a runner aboard to give Geneva a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Lexi Svingos knocked in a pair with a base hit and another scored on a throwing error. Geneva’s 5-1 lead did not last long as Ursuline responded with six runs of its own in the top of the sixth to take a 7-5 lead. Trailing by two into the bottom of the seventh, Blake hit a two-run homer to tie the game. Later in the inning, Leanne Abate’s sacrifice fly plated pinch runner Toni D’Urzo with the game winner. Julie DiLonardo went the distance to pick up her sixth victory of the season.
The Golden Tornadoes enjoyed another walk-off winner in the night cap. This time, Blake provided the fireworks with a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Her fourth home run of the season capped a perfect 4-4 day for the junior shortstop. Her bunt single in the first scored Martha Adams with Geneva’s first run. Blake knocked in Leah Prisuta with a base hit in the third inning that put Geneva up 2-1. Blake’s third hit of the game scored Adams to tie the game in the fifth which set the stage for her eighth inning heroics.
Ariel Lilly started for Geneva and went five innings allowing just two earned runs. Adams pitched innings six and seven before DiLonardo came on in the eighth to get her second victory of the day.
Golden Tornadoes enjoy a week off before opening PAC play next Saturday
with a doubleheader at Bethany College. Geneva returns home on April 6th
to take on Chatham College.
April 6, 2010: Geneva Keeps Split Trend Alive
Beaver Falls, PA – The Geneva College softball team continues to look for ways to sweep a doubleheader. Since returning from Florida, the Golden Tornadoes have split five of six doubleheaders including a split on Tuesday against Chatham. After winning game one by the score of 8-3, the Golden Tornadoes dropped a 3-1 decision in the night cap. The split moved Geneva’s overall record to 10-12.
Geneva watched Chatham jump on top 2-0 in game one of the doubleheader with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. The Golden Tornadoes quickly responded with a three-spot in the bottom of the inning. Julie DiLonardo doubled in a pair and third scored on an RBI ground out by Lori Deem. Geneva plated four more runs in the fifth highlighted by a two-run double off the bat of Samantha Bautista. DiLonardo made the lead stand as she picked up her ninth win of the season. Going the distance, DiLonardo allowed four hits in the victory while striking out nine batters. Samantha Michetti and Bautista each had a pair of hits in the victory.
The Golden Tornadoes saw their offense shut off in the night cap with only two hits in the 3-1 loss. Chatham again jumped on top with a run in the first and two more in the third before Geneva scored its only run in the fifth inning. Samantha Michetti knocked in Lori Deem with the only tally of the game. Ariel Lilly was the hard luck loser allowing just two earned runs in six innings.
will host Pitt-Greensburg on Friday before getting back into PAC action
with a home doubleheader against Westminster on Saturday.
April 10, 2010: Geneva Takes Two From Westminster
Beaver Falls, PA – The Geneva College softball team finally was able to take both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday. After splitting five of the last six twinbills, the Golden Tornadoes took a pair from Westminster College by scores of 8-0 in six innings and 7-0. Geneva finally got back to the .500 mark with an overall record of 12-12 on the season while Westminster fell to 10-10 on the year.
Geneva got off and running in game one with six runs in the bottom of the second inning. Julie DiLonardo launched a two-run double and Samantha Michetti followed with a two-run double of her own later in the inning. A Lori Deem RBI single in the fifth and a wild pitch that scored Martha Adams in the sixth ended the game with the eight-run mercy rule after six innings. Julie DiLonardo got more than enough support as she tossed a two-hit shut-out with six strikeouts. Geneva had eight hits with DiLonardo going a perfect 3-3 at the plate.
DiLonardo starred in game two as well as once again she took the ball to the circle and posted her second shut-out of the day. In game two, DiLonardo scattered six hits for her 11th victory of the season. Geneva got going early in game two with four runs in the first inning. Adriane Blake hit her fifth home run of the season and Leanne Abate and Lori Deem each came up with run scoring singles. Geneva’s offense accounted for nine hits in game two with Lexi Svingos leading the way with two hits and an RBI.
Golden Tornadoes will try to keep things rolling when they visit Washington
& Jefferson on Wednesday. Geneva returns home on Saturday to host Thomas
April 14, 2010: Geneva Splits a Pair with W & J
Washington, PA – Geneva’s softball team finally put an end to its streak of doubleheader splits with a sweep over Westminster on Saturday. On Wednesday, the Golden Tornadoes returned to their splitting ways with a doubleheader split against Washington & Jefferson. After coming from behind for a 5-4 victory in game one, the Golden Tornadoes dropped game two by the score of 8-3. The split moved Geneva’s overall record to 13-13 for the season.
Geneva opened the scoring in game one with a run in the second inning on an RBI single from Leah Prisuta. After W & J scored four unearned runs in the third inning, the Golden Tornadoes managed to chip their way back into the game.
Adriane Blake singled in a run in the fifth and Samantha Bautista hit a solo homer in the sixth to pull Geneva to within a run. In the top of the seventh, Geneva got a sacrifice fly from Lexi Svingos to tie the game and then Blake scored on a W & J error to make the difference in the game. Julie DiLonardo picked up the complete game victory by allowing four unearned runs. She scattered six hits and struck out six to earn her 12th victory of the year.
W & J jumped out to the lead in game two with a pair of first inning runs. Blake drove in Martha Adams to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first and Leanne Abate’s second inning single tied the game. The Presidents broke the game open with three runs in the third and three more in the fifth inning. Geneva’s offense had eight singles in the loss including three from Adriane Blake.
Golden Tornadoes will get back to work on Saturday when they host Thomas
More in a doubleheader at 1 pm.
April 17, 2010: Late Inning Heroics, Offensive Explosion Highlight Sweep
Beaver Falls, PA – The Geneva College softball sure does enjoy playing on its home field. On Saturday, the Golden Tornadoes moved to 7-1 on the season at home and 31-7 all-time on their campus field by sweeping first place Thomas More by scores of 4-3 and 13-9. The sweep improved Geneva’s overall record to 15-13 on the year.
After falling behind 3-0 in game one, the Golden Tornadoes chipped their way back into the game before picking up a walk-off win in the bottom of the eighth. Geneva’s offense got going in the bottom of the sixth with a pair of runs scoring on an error and a Lexi Svingos sacrifice fly Trailing by a run in the last inning, Leanne Abate cranked her first homer of the year to the game and send it into extra innings. In the first extra frame, Samantha Michetti line a ball into the left corner to score Martha Adams with the game winner. Julie DiLonardo went the distance for her 13th victory of the season. She five hits and struck out five in game one.
DiLonardo started and won game two after 3.1 innings of work where she allowed four earned runs. Ariel Lilly came on in relief and got two big outs to stop a fourth inning Thomas More rally. She also pitched the fifth and sixth innings before turning the game over to Adams in the seventh. Geneva scored first in the second inning when Samantha Bautista tripled and scored on a Leanne Abate ground out. The Golden Tornadoes exploded for five runs in the third inning highlighted by a DiLonardo grand slam. Adriane Blake contributed an RBI single in the fourth and Lexi Svingos extended Geneva’s lead with a two-run single in the fifth. Geneva banged out 13 hits in the night cap including multiple hit performances from Adams, Svingos and Samantha Bautista.
Golden Tornadoes will host Grove City in a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning
at 3:30 pm.
April 20, 2010: Geneva Sweeps Grove City
Beaver Falls, PA – Julie DiLonardo has become a dangerous weapon for the Geneva College softball team. The sophomore pitcher won two more games in the circle for the Golden Tornadoes while also providing some pop at the plate by launching her fourth home run of the season. DiLonardo led Geneva to a 5-2 victory over Grove City in game one and a 7-4 victory in game two to move Geneva’s overall record to 17-13 including four consecutive victories.
Leanne Abate’s two run triple in the second inning of game one got Geneva on the board. The Golden Tornadoes extended their lead on a run scoring triple from Adriane Blake. After Grove City scored in the top of the fourth, DiLonardo led off the bottom of the fourth with her fourth home run of the year. Freshman Lori Deem provided Geneva with some seventh inning insurance with her second homer of the year.
DiLonardo went the distance allowing just four hits and retiring the final nine batters of the game. She struck out five and did not walk a batter in game one.
DiLonardo went 5+ innings in game two before handing the ball over to Ariel Lilly. Lilly allowed two seventh inning runs but picked up her first career save. Coming on in a one run game in the sixth, Lilly got out of the jam to preserve the victory. Geneva’s offense strung together four consecutive two-out hits in the third inning to plate three runs. RBI hits from Samantha Bautista, DiLonardo and Abate gave Geneva a 3-1 lead.
The Golden Tornadoes got much need insurance with a four run seventh capped by a two-run single from Lexi Svingos. Geneva had seven hits in the night cap to pick up the victory.
will host Penn State Beaver on Thursday at 3:30 before hitting the road
on Saturday to play Saint Vincent College.
April 22, 2010: Geneva Continues To Roll With Sweep over PS-Beaver
Beaver Falls, PA – The Geneva College softball team continued to roll on Thursday with a doubleheader sweep over Penn State Beaver by scores of 9-1 and 11-3 with both games being shortened to six innings because of the mercy rule. Geneva has won six games in a row and improved to 19-13 on the season.
Julie DiLonardo continued her dominance in the circle in game one with her 12th consecutive victory. DiLonardo improved to 17-7 on the season by allowing just one unearned run. She struck out nine in the victory and allowed just four hits. Geneva’s offense banged out ten hits including multiple hit efforts from Martha Adams and Adriane Blake. An error and a Lori Deem sacrifice fly plated Geneva’s first two runs in the second inning. In the third, Blake and Leanne Abate each came through with run scoring singles. Blake knocked in two more with a single in the fourth and then the junior shortstop ended the game with an RBI single in the sixth. She finished the game with a four runs batted in.
Ariel Lilly got her first victory of the season in game two with a complete game win. Lilly went six innings and allowed three runs while striking out three. Trailing 2-1 in the third inning, Samantha Bautista blasted a two-run homer, her second dinger of the season, give Geneva a lead it would never relinquish. Leanne Abate and Leah Prisuta each had run scoring hits later in the inning to cap a five run frame. Kara Zimmerman’s two run single in the fifth and an Adriane Blake three-run homer in the sixth capped off the six inning mercy rule victory. Abate was a perfect 3-3 in the night cap highlighting a 12-hit attack by the Golden Tornadoes.
will try to keep rolling on Saturday when it visits Saint Vincent College
for a 1 pm doubleheader. Next week, the Golden Tornadoes travel to Thiel
before closing out the regular season as home on May 1st with a doubleheader
against Waynesburg University.
May 1, 2010: Geneva Takes Two From Waynesburg, Post-Season Hopes Alive
Beaver Falls, PA – The Geneva College softball team needed several things to fall into place on Saturday to stay alive for an NCCAA post-season berth. The most important element was taking two from Waynesburg University. That piece of the puzzle came together as the Golden Tornadoes defeated Waynesburg by scores of 1-0 and 9-1. Geneva improved to 22-16 on the season and will welcome Thiel College to Geneva on Monday for a doubleheader that will ultimately decide the post-season fate.
Julie DiLonardo continued her masterful work in the circle with victories in both ends of the doubleheader. Game one was dominated by both pitchers as the Golden Tornadoes managed to scrape across the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh. DiLonardo went the distance and allowed just four hits while striking out six in the process. At the plate, Geneva managed only two hits in the victory but where able to maximize its chance in the bottom of the seventh. Adriane Blake led off with an infield hit and advanced to second and third on successive wild pitches. Julie DiLonardo’s sacrifice fly to right field scored the game’s only run.
DiLonardo had things a bit easier in game two as she went four innings to earn her 20th victory of the season and getting to within just one win of Geneva’s single season record. She surrendered just one hit over four innings and struck out four batters. Ariel Lilly took care of the final two innings in allowing just one unearned run in the bottom of the sixth. The offense came alive in game two 14 hits. Sam Bautista’s RBI single in the third opened the scoring and was followed by a Blake RBI triple and a run scoring single from Lexi Svingos. Svingos had a two-run single to cap a three run fourth inning. Two more Geneva runs in the sixth inning put an end to the game because of the eight-run mercy rule.
will host Thiel College on Monday at 2 pm as the Golden Tornadoes must
win a pair of games to qualify for a potential at-large bid to the NCCAA
National Tournament in West Palm Beach, Fl beginning on May 13th.
May 3, 2010: Geneva Comeback Bid Falls Short With Doubleheader Split
Beaver Falls, PA – The Geneva College softball team needed to win a pair of games on Monday to insure a chance at an at-large bid to the NCCAA national tournament. The Golden Tornadoes took care of business in game one with a 4-2 victory over Thiel College. Game two took ten innings to decide a winner but the Golden Tornadoes came up on the short end of a 7-4 decision. Geneva finished the regular season with an overall record of 23-17 falling just short of the .600 winning percentage needed to accept an at-large bid to the NCCAA national tournament.
Julie DiLonardo picked up her record tying 21st victory in game one as she went the distance and allowed five hits and two earned runs to push her record to 21-9 on the season. Geneva jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first inning on four consecutive extra base hits to open the game. Martha Adams opened the game with a double that was followed by a Samantha Bautista triple. Back to back RBI doubles from Adriane Blake and Lexi Svingos gave Geneva a 3-0 lead. Adams connected on a solo homer in the fourth to extend Geneva’s lead as DiLonardo did the rest.
opened the scoring in game two on an RBI single from Svingos that scored
Blake in the bottom of the first inning. Thiel posted three unearned runs
in the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead that held up until the bottom of
the seventh. Leanne Abate connected on a dramatic two-out, three-run homer
to tie the game at 4-4 in the final frame. Neither team could score until
Thiel posted three runs in the top of the tenth to get the victory. DiLonardo
was the hard luck loser after pitching ten more innings in the night cap
and allowing just two earned runs on seven hits. It was five Geneva errors
that turned out to be the difference. Geneva had nine hits in the game
two loss with Svingos, Abate, DiLonardo and Lori Deem each coming up with
May 12, 2010: Post-Season Softball Honors Handed Out
Beaver Falls, PA – The Geneva College softball team came within one victory of potentially accepting an at-large bid to the NCCAA national tournament. Despite a disappointing tenth inning loss in the final game of the season and an overall record of 23-17, several Geneva players were honored this week by both the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and the National Christian College Athletic Association.
Julie DiLonardo had one of the finest seasons in the circle of any Geneva College pitcher in its history. DiLonardo finished the year with a record of 21-10, which tied the single season school mark for wins. She posted a 1.69 ERA and set the Geneva single season mark with 154 strikeouts. For her efforts, DiLonardo was named a first team NCCAA All-East region performer as well as receiving coach’s honors from the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. Joining DiLonardo on the NCCAA All-Region team were Martha Adams and Adriane Blake. Adams hit .351 and scored a team best 42 runs on the year. She also led the Golden Tornadoes with her .441 on-base percentage. Blake hit .380 and led Geneva in hits (54), home runs (6) and RBI’s (43). She also stole 27 bases in 29 attempts. Both Adams and Blake were also PAC coach’s honor recipients.
Abate hit the most dramatic home run of the season in tying the season
finale against Thiel in the bottom of the seventh inning. For the year,
Abate hit .309 with a pair of homers and 24 RBI’s. Abate was also handed
a PAC coach’s honor while being named an NCCAA All-Region honorable mention.
Other honorable mention selections from the NCCAA went to Samantha Bautista,
Samantha Michetti and Lexi Svingos.
May 17, 2010: Pair Receives NCCAA All-American Honors
Beaver Falls, PA – The accolades continue to pour in for the Geneva College softball team as a pair of Golden Tornadoes were honored by the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) as second team All-Americans. Adriane Blake and Julie DiLonardo were both honored for their success on the field during the 2010 campaign. For Blake, it marks the second time this year she has been honored as an All-American as the junior shortstop was also handed All-American honors in volleyball.
Blake led the Geneva offense with a .380 batting average and a team best 54 hits. She also led the Golden Tornadoes with six home runs, 43 RBI’s and a .585 slugging percentage. On the bases, Blake swiped 27 bases and was thrown out only twice all season.
In the circle, Julie DiLonardo enjoyed one of the finest seasons in school history. She was 21-10 on the year which tied the single season record at Geneva for victories. She posted a 1.69 ERA and set the single season mark with 154 strikeouts in 178 innings of work.
finished the 2010 campaign with an overall record of 23-17 and fell just
one win shy of posting a .600 winning percentage which would have given
them an opportunity for an at-large bid to the NCCAA national tournament.
March 8, 2011: Geneva Evens Record With Doubleheader Sweep
Kissimmee, FL – Junior pitcher Julie DiLonardo won 21 games and set the single season record for strikeouts for Geneva College a year ago. In very unfamiliar fashion, DiLonardo got banged around to the tune of seven earned runs in her first outing of the season on Monday. One day later, she was back to her old self with a pair of victories over Mitchell by the score of 4-0 and Wittenberg by the count of 9-2. She tossed 13 innings and did not allow an earned run while striking out eight. Geneva evened its early season record at 2-2 after dropping a doubleheader in Kissimmee on Monday.
An RBI triple from Chris Fuqua opened the scoring in the fifth followed by a run scoring double off the bat of Adriane Blake. Geneva posted two more runs in the sixth inning for added insurance that it wouldn’t need. Ashley Davis had a pair of hits to lead Geneva’s seven hit attack. In game two, Geneva posted four runs in the third inning highlighted by a two-run single from Leanne Abate and an RBI double off the bat of Samantha Bautista. The Golden Tornadoes broke the game open with three more runs in the sixth inning on back to back run scoring singles from Davis and Abate. Geneva pounded out ten hits in the night cap. DiLonardo yielded just two hits in six innings with Ariel Lilly closing out the game with a perfect seventh inning.
will face Catholic University and Bluffton College on Wednesday before
enjoying an off day on Thursday.
March 9, 2011: Geneva Knocks Two From Unbeaten Ranks
Kissimmee, FL – When the Geneva College softball team took the field on Wednesday it went up against a pair of teams that hadn’t suffered a loss in 2011. At the end of the day, each had been handed that initial loss of the season. The Golden Tornadoes opened the day with a 6-3 victory over Catholic University before holding off Bluffton by the score of 3-2. Geneva has now won four straight and improved to 4-2 on the season.
Geneva got off and running early with five runs in the bottom of the first inning against Catholic. An Ashley Davis RBI double followed by a run scoring single from Leanne Abate was followed with a two-run triple from Samantha Bautista. The first six Geneva batters all reached base. Martha Adams knocked in the six the run with an RBI double in the second inning. Julie DiLonardo picked up the win in allowing just two earned runs on eight hits in the complete game victory. Adams and Leah Prisuta each had two hits in the victory.
The Golden Tornadoes built a 3-0 lead in the night cap with a run in the third and two more in the fourth inning. That was enough for Ariel Lilly and DiLonardo in the circle. Lilly pitched four innings and did not allow an earned run in grabbing her first victory of the season. DiLonardo threw three scoreless innings of relief in earning her first save of the year. Christina Fuqua’s RBI double in the third opened the scoring before an Anjelica Marsh RBI single and an Adam’s bases loaded walk closed out the scoring. Bautista and Marsh each had two hits in leading the ten hit attack.
an off day on Thursday, Geneva will face Mt. Union and Ursinus on Friday
March 11, 2011: Geneva Splits, Win Streak Stopped at Five
Kissimmee, FL – First the Geneva College softball team extended its win streak then saw it snapped in game two of Friday’s doubleheader. The Golden Tornadoes rallied to defeat Ursinus College 3-2 in eight innings before falling to Mt. Union 4-1. The loss to the Raiders ended Geneva’s five game winning streak and put the Golden Tornadoes at 5-3 for the season.
After Geneva spotted Ursinus a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning, it posted two runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning. After Leah Prisuta led off with a triple, Christine Fuqua and Ashley Davis delivered run scoring singles to tie the game. It stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth inning. With first and third and two outs, Anjelica Marsh’s infield pop-up was dropped and Davis crossed home plate carrying the winning run. Julie DiLonardo went the distance in picking up her fourth victory of the season. She struck out three batters and allowed six hits. Marsh, Adriane Blake and Ashley Davis each had two hits in the victory.
Liz Wechter’s RBI double in the second inning of game two tied the score at 1-1 against Mt. Union, but the Geneva offense was held to just three hits in the game. A pair of Mt. Union runs in the fifth and another in the sixth was enough to end Geneva’s winning streak at five games. DiLonardo went 4.1 innings and was handed her second loss of the season.
Golden Tornadoes will face William Paterson and Skidmore College on Saturday
afternoon in games nine and ten of a 12-game Florida schedule that concludes
March 14, 2011: Geneva Split Ends Florida Swing at 7-5
Kissimmee, FL – The Geneva College softball team split a doubleheader on Monday to end its Florida trip with a 7-5 overall record. The Golden Tornadoes opened the day with a 7-1 victory over McDaniel before dropping a 13-2 decision to Wheaton College. The split pushed its overall record to 7-5 as the Golden Tornadoes return home on Tuesday.
Leah Prisuta had two hits and reached base three times in helping pace the Geneva offense in game one. Two run singles from Christine Fuqua and Leanne Abate highlighted a five run fourth inning. Martha Adams, Ashley Davis and Prisuta each had two hits in the 12 hit attack. Julie DiLonardo went the distance in picking up her fifth victory of the season.
The Florida trip may have lasted one game too long for Geneva as the Golden Tornadoes suffered a 13-2 setback in a game that featured six errors. Wheaton scored nine unearned runs in the first two innings to put the game away. Leah Prisuta scored an unearned run for Geneva in the first inning and Lori Deem’s RBI double in the fourth inning plate the second Geneva run.
Golden Tornadoes begin the northern portion of their schedule on Saturday
when they host Hiram College at 1 pm.
March 22, 2011: Sweet Sweep, Geneva Takes Two From Point Park
Beaver Falls, PA – The Geneva College softball team won a pair of games on Tuesday afternoon over Point Park University by the scores of 11-3 and 5-2. The doubleheader sweep helped move Geneva’s overall record to 10-6 as the Golden Tornadoes enjoyed some more home cooking on their home field. Geneva is playing on its campus field for the fourth year and improved its all-time home record to 42-10 with the doubleheader sweep.
After spotting Point Park a 3-0 lead heading to the bottom of the third, Geneva finally got its offense in gear. Ashley Davis provided a clutch two-out single to plate the first two runs and then Leanne Abate added an RBI double to tie the game. The Golden Tornadoes batted around in the fourth inning and scored five runs to break the game open. RBI singles from Martha Adams, Davis and Abate highlighted the rally. In the fifth inning, Geneva ended the game due to the eight run mercy rule. Christina Fuqua and Lead Prisuta each had run scoring singles in the fifth. Julie DiLonardo came on in the fourth inning to earn her sixth victory of the season. She retired all five hitters she faced for the victory. Abate ended game one with three hits while Prisuta, Davis and Fuqua each had a pair in Geneva’s 12 hit attack.
DiLonardo pitched a complete game in the night cap for her seventh victory. She allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out four. Prisuta was 3-4 in game two while scoring a pair of runs. She got Geneva on the board in the first inning when she scored on Adriane Blake’s RBI groundout. Prisuta knocked in Geneva’s second run in the second inning with a two-out base hit. The Golden Tornadoes posted a pair of big insurance runs in the fourth inning on Adam’s two-out, two-run double. Geneva pounded out 11 more hits in the night cap.
Golden Tornadoes are scheduled to travel to Ursuline on Saturday afternoon
for a 1 pm doubleheader. They return home next Wednesday for a twin bill
against Penn State Beaver.
April 2, 2011: Geneva Rolls Past Bethany in Sweep
Beaver Falls, PA – It was far from a perfectly ideal day for softball on College Hill, but the rain stayed away longs enough for Geneva College to sweep a doubleheader against Bethany College by the scores of 8-2 and 11-1. The Golden Tornadoes banged out a total of 20 hits in the twin bill as they moved their current win streak to five games and their overall record to 12-6.
The offense got jump started early in game one with three runs in the first inning. RBI singles from Ashley Davis and Leanne Abate opened the scoring before a Christina Fuqua squeeze bunt plated the third talley. After Bethany scored a run in the fourth, Geneva came back with a pair in the bottom of the inning. Anjelica Marsh provided a sacrifice fly and Leah Prisuta connected on an RBI single. The rest of the offense came via the long ball as Leanne Abate connected on a two-run blast in the fifth and Adriane Blake hit her second homer of the season with a solo shot in the sixth. Julie DiLonardo went the distance to earn the victory. She pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run on six hits while striking out three.
Blake, Abate and Samantha Bautista each connected on two hits in game with Blake and Abate both providing home runs and multiple RBI’s. Geneva finished the first game with 12 hits.
Game two opened much like game one with the Golden Tornadoes striking first with a pair in the first inning. Prisuta and Martha Adams each scored on successive ground outs. Bethany scored its only run in the bottom of the first but Geneva was far from finished on offense. Leah Prisuta was 4-4 in game two and reached base five times with three runs scored. She scored on a Martha Adams double in the fourth inning which was promptly followed by an Ashley Davis RBI double. Four more runs in the sixth inning highlighted by another Blake home run forced the game to be called because of the run rule. Ariel Lilly went the distance to earn the victory. She pitched six innings and allowed just one earned run with six hits and a pair of strikeouts. Other offensive stars included two hits performances from Blake, Davis and Abate.
Golden Tornadoes will get back to work on the road next week when they
visit Chatham on Thursday and Westminster on Saturday.
April 6, 2011: DiLonardo Shuts Down Chatham in Sweep
Pittsburgh, PA – There are some games when an offense picks up its pitcher and there are other games when it is all about the pitching. The doubleheader between Geneva and Chatham was all about the pitching. Junior hurler Julie DiLonardo help Chatham to one run in the twin bill as the Golden Tornadoes snuck past the Cougars by the scores of 2-0 and 2-1. The sweep pushed Geneva’s current win streak to seven games and moved its overall record to 14-8.
DiLonardo struck out nine batters and allowed just four hits in game one in pitching a complete game shut-out. The only offense of the game came in the top of the fifth on an RBI double from Leanne Abate and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Christina Fuqua. The Golden Tornadoes managed only five hits in game one with three of those knocks coming off the bat of Ashley Davis.
DiLonardo continued her dominance in the second game of the doubleheader again allowing just four hits. She only struck out four in game two and did allow an earned run in the sixth inning. Geneva scored first when Leah Prisuta tripled and Martha Adams followed with a run scoring double to lead off the fourth inning. Chatham tied the game in the sixth inning before the Golden Tornadoes picked up the game winner in the bottom of the sixth. After a Prisuta walk and stolen base to open the inning, Adriane Blake capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly that proved to be the difference. Prisuta and Adams each had two hits in the night cap as the Golden Tornadoes picked up just five hits once again.
will travel to Westminster on Saturday afternoon for another doubleheader
scheduled to begin at 1 pm.
April 9, 2011: Win Streak Halted at Eight With Westminster Split
New Wilmington, PA – The Geneva College softball team took advantage of some mistakes in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader at Westminster College. The Golden Tornadoes rallied for a 6-2 victory in game one extending their win streak to eight games. Geneva made some costly mistakes of its own in the night cap as the win streak was snapped with a 7-4 loss to the Titans. The split moved Geneva’s overall record to 15-8.
The Golden Tornadoes could get nothing going on offense through five innings in game one and trailed 2-0 heading to the sixth inning. It was in the sixth inning that Geneva posted six spot to take the lead. Geneva was the benefactor of four Westminster errors in the inning that highlighted the rally. Leanne Abate and Christina Fuqua each had running scoring hits in the inning to grab some insurance. Geneva managed just five hits in the game. Ariel Lilly allowed just one earned run in 3.1 innings of work. Julie DiLonardo pitched the final 3.2 innings to earn her 11th victory of the season. DiLonardo allowed just two hits in her relief appearance.
DiLonardo started game two and gave up just one earned run through six innings. Leading 1-0 heading into the seventh inning, Westminster would get some insurance of its own. Taking advantage of two Geneva errors, the Titans posted six runs in the seventh inning highlighted by a three-run homer. Trailing by seven in the bottom of the seventh, Geneva rallied for four runs and loaded the bases with one out before Westminster was able to put a lid on the victory. Leanne Abate had two of Geneva’s six hits in the night cap to go along with a two-run single in the seventh inning.
Golden Tornadoes will travel to Ohio Christian on Tuesday before returning
home for doubleheaders with Baldwin-Wallace and Washington & Jefferson
on Wednesday and Thursday.
April 14, 2011: Geneva Cruises Past W & J For Sweep
Beaver Falls, PA – The pitching and offense came together for the Geneva College softball team on Thursday as it picked up a pair of victories over Washington & Jefferson by the scores of 8-0 and 10-1. Both games were stopped because of the mercy rule with game one going six innings and the night cap ending after five. The sweep pushed Geneva’s overall record to 18-8 including a 7-1 mark against PAC opponents.
Julie DiLonardo tossed a four hit shut-out in game one for her 13th victory of the season. She struck out three and did not walk a batter. The offense got going in the third inning with four runs. Ashley Davis provided a two-run single and Leanne Abate followed with an RBI double. Julie DiLonardo capped the rally with an RBI base hit. Two more runs came across the plate in the fourth when Davis struck again for a two-run double. Davis capped off a perfect 3-3 day at the plate in game one with another base hit in the sixth inning. Christina Fuqua’s squeeze bunt scored Adriane Blake with the decisive eighth run of the game. The Golden Tornadoes banged out 12 hits in the victory including two each from Leah Prisuta, Martha Adams and Adriane Blake.
DiLonardo picked up win number 14 in the night cap with three innings of work and just one earned run allowed. Adriane Blake’s sacrifice fly in the first inning got Geneva on the board before the President’s tied the game in the bottom of the first frame. The Golden Tornadoes broke open the game with five runs in the second inning. RBI singles from Samantha Bautista, Adriane Blake and Ashley Davis highlighted the rally. Blake and Liz Wechter each had RBI singles in Geneva’s fourth inning to put the game away. Ariel Lilly pitched the final two scoreless innings for the Golden Tornadoes.
will travel to Grove City next Tuesday before returning home on Thursday
to face Saint Vincent.
April 20, 2011: Game Two Woes Continue With Split at Grove City
Grove City, PA – One disturbing trend continues to plague the Geneva College softball team in 2011. On Wednesday, the Golden Tornadoes suffered a similar fate when it took game one 6-0 over Grove City and then dropped the night cap 6-2. It marked the sixth time this season that Geneva had won the first game of a doubleheader only to drop game two. The split pushed Geneva’s overall record to 19-9.
Julie DiLonardo was dominant in game one with six innings of shut-out ball. She six hits and struck out seven in picking up her 15th victory of the season. Ashley Davis’ sacrifice fly in the third inning opened the scoring for Geneva. Leanne Abate knocked in a second run in the fifth inning on a ground out before the Golden Tornadoes opened up the game with a four run sixth inning. Samantha Bautista delivered an RBI double and Martha Adams’ squeeze bunt plated another run for Geneva. Geneva had nine hits in the game as Adriane Blake was a perfect 4-4.
DiLonardo started game two and pitched four innings before being lifted. She allowed two earned runs on six hits. Ariel Lilly pitched the final four innings in the circle for the Golden Tornadoes. Geneva could not solve Grove City’s pitching until a two-run seventh proved to be too little, too late. Samantha Bautista delivered an RBI triple before scoring herself on a Grove City throwing error. Geneva had eight hits in the night cap including two each from Martha Adams and Bautista.
busy week continues with a home doubleheader on Thursday against Saint
Vincent. The Golden Tornadoes head south over the weekend with a doubleheader
at Thomas More on Friday and Mt. St. Joseph’s on Saturday.
April 21, 2011: Bats Silenced in Game Two of Saint Vincent Split
Beaver Falls, PA – Geneva got just enough offense to pull out a 3-0 victory in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader with Saint Vincent. The Geneva bats went silent in the night cap in a 5-0 loss to the Bearcats. The Golden Tornadoes ended the day with an overall record of 20-10 as they lost for the seventh time this season after having won the first game of the day.
Julie DiLonardo was again dominant in game one allowing just two hits in a complete game shut-out. It was DiLonardo’s 16th victory of the season as she struck out seven and did not walk a batter. All of Geneva’s runs came in the third inning via the long ball. Martha Adams opened the third with a solo homer and Leanne Abate clubbed a two run shot three batters later. Geneva managed six hits in game one. Game two was again dominated by pitching but this time is was Saint Vincent’s turn to shut down Geneva’s offense. The Golden Tornadoes managed only two base hits in the night cap and watched the Bearcats post runs in each of the final three innings. An unearned run off DiLonardo in the fourth inning opened the scoring before a solo homer ended her day. Ariel Lilly tossed the final 1.2 innings and allowed a pair of earned runs.
Geneva will head south on
Friday for a doubleheader at Thomas More beginning at 3:30 pm. The Golden
Tornadoes will face Mt. St. Joseph’s on Saturday at 11 am.
DiLonardo picks up her second PAC Pitcher of the Week honor for 2012. She posted a 3-1 record last week in 28.2 innings of work.
She allowed just two earned runs for a 0.49 ERA and and struck out 23 batters. In doing so, DiLonardo broke Geneva’s all-time record for strikeouts with 498.
She also became the first pitcher in school history to surpass the 200 strikeout mark for a single season.
Waynesburg opened the scoring in game one with a first inning tally. The Yellow jackets would then be kept off the board for the next 12 innings. Ariel Lilly pitched the first four innings allowing just that one run. Julie DiLonardo took over in the fifth and allowed just two hits in her nine innings of relief work. In fact, DiLonardo at one point retired 17 consecutive batters. Geneva pushed across an unearned run in the third inning to tie the game and did not make any more offensive noise until the top of the 13th inning. Adriane Blake’s sacrifice fly broke the tie and successful squeeze bunts by Ashley Davis and Christina Fuqua added to the lead. Leanne Abate also provided an RBI double in the rally. Geneva banged out nine hits in the game including a pair off of the bat of Ashley Davis.
Waynesburg scored two runs in each of the first three innings of game two to build a 6-1 lead. Geneva tried to rally back in the final innings. Anjelica Marsh provided a two-run double in the sixth to pull within a run and Leah Prisuta scored on an error in the seventh to get within 6-4. The Golden Tornadoes put the tying runs on base in the final frame but could not complete the comeback. Seniors Adriane Blake, Leanne Abate and Anjelica Marsh each had two hits in the night cap to lead the offense. DiLonardo pitched four innings of scoreless relief in game two but Geneva’s offense could not take advantage in the final innings.
Geneva will find out its
post-season fate when the NCCAA national seeds are announced on May 8th.
May 3, 2011: DiLonardo Receives National Recognition
Beaver Falls, PA – In college softball, pitching is everything. When it comes to the Geneva College softball team, it boasts one of the finest pitchers in the country. Junior hurler Julie DiLonardo claimed NCCAA national player of the week honors for her outstanding numbers in four games last week. DiLonardo enjoyed a perfect 3-0 record in four outings that consisted of 26.1 innings of work. Without allowing an earned run in those 26+ innings, DiLonardo also struck out 20 batters.
She threw nine innings of scoreless relief in Geneva’s 13-inning marathon victory over Waynesburg on Saturday. She retired 17 consecutive batters during that outing. She allowed only ten hits last week including a two-hit complete game, shut-out victory over Thiel College.
For the season, DiLonardo is 19-7 with a conference leading 107 strikeouts and an equally impressive 1.52 ERA. She has helped lead Geneva to a 25-11 overall record and will look to continue her outstanding season as the Golden Tornadoes head to Troutville, VA next week to compete in the NCCAA national tournament. It will be the first visit to the national tournament for Geneva College in five years.
A year ago, DiLonardo broke
Geneva’s single season record with 154 strikeouts while matching the single
season mark with 21 victories.
May 12, 2011: Geneva Shocks Top Seed to Open National Tournament
Troutville, VA – Despite what appeared to be insurmountable odds for the Geneva College softball team on Thursday afternoon, the Golden Tornadoes pulled off the finest victory in school history. Geneva upset top-seeded and defending national champion Central Baptist 4-2 in the opening round of the NCCAA national tournament. Central Baptist, ranked #4 in the most recent NAIA national poll, fell to 52-5 with the loss while Geneva improved to 26-11. Central Baptist came into the tournament leading the country in every offensive category including a new NAIA single season record of 132 home runs. On Thursday, Geneva and junior pitcher Julie DiLonardo held the high powered offense to just six hits and one earned run.
CBC opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the third inning but Geneva was able to hold down the fort until it rallied back late in the game. All of Geneva’s runs came in the bottom of the fifth as the Golden Tornadoes put up four runs. Martha Adams slashed a two-run double into the right center gap to tie the score. Two batters later, Ashley Davis gave Geneva the lead with an RBI single. Adriane Blake then crossed home plate following an errant throw from the catcher to close out the scoring.
Four runs were more than enough for DiLonardo as she closed the door inside the circle in the final two innings. Geneva managed only three hits in the game but it took advantage of a pair of walks in an error in the four run fifth inning.
The Golden Tornadoes will
face North Greenville, SC in Friday’s second round with the winner advancing
to the semi-finals on Friday evening.
May 13, 2011: Geneva Finishes Fourth at NCCAA Nationals
Troutville, VA – A game that will be remembered as one of Geneva’s biggest victories in school history helped launch the Golden Tornadoes to a fourth place finish at the 2011 NCCAA national softball tournament. Geneva won one and lost a pair on Friday to close out their season. The day opened with a 3-1 loss to North Greenville, which will be playing in Saturday’s championship round. In its first loser’s bracket game, Geneva eliminated Cedarville University by the score of 4-3. In the loser bracket semi-finals, Geneva dropped an 8-0 decision to top-seeded Central Baptist, one day after having knocked off the 56-5 Mustangs. The Golden Tornadoes ended their season with a record of 27-13.
In game one, Geneva spotted North Greenville the first run in the second inning before Adriane Blake’s RBI single in the third inning tied the game. The game remained tied at 1-1 until North Greenville struck for a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Julie DiLonardo was handed the loss despite going the distance and allowing five hits and striking out a pair.
In game two, DiLonardo again went the distance and picked up her school record tying 21st victory of the season. She scattered nine hits and struck out five in the win. Geneva opened the scoring with a pair in the first inning on an Ashley Davis RBI ground out and an RBI single from Leanne Abate. Abate knocked In Geneva’s second run with a base hit in the third inning prior to a Martha Adams run scoring single in the fourth inning. Geneva had six hits in the game including two each from Adams and Blake.
Geneva got an idea of why Central Baptist is ranked number three in the NAIA in the day’s final game. The Mustangs scored three runs in the first inning including the team’s record 134th home run of the season. Geneva’s offense managed just one hit in the loss while Central Baptist scored in all but two innings. DiLonardo went 3.2 innings and took the loss while Ariel Lilly pitched 2.1 innings of relief and allowed just one run.
Central Baptist will face
Simpson University on Saturday morning with the winner advancing to play
North Greenville in the national championship final. Julie DiLonardo
was named to the All-tournament team while also being named a second team
All-American. Sophomore Leah Prisuta was named a first team All-American.
May 17, 2011: NCCAA and PAC honors handed out for baseball and softball
Beaver Falls, PA – The 2011 spring athletic season officially came to a close on Geneva’s campus last week as both the baseball and softball teams saw their post-season runs come to an end. This week, the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and the National Christian College Athletic Association announced post-season honors and both teams were well represented.
Topping the list of achievements was a trio of All-American honors from the NCCAA. Jon Jurinko from the baseball team and Leah Prisuta from softball were both handed first team NCCAA All-American honors. Julie DiLonardo was awarded a second team All-American award. Jurinko finished the season with a .365 batting average and a team best 30 runs scored and 42 hits. He also managed a .988 fielding percentage while holding down the fort in centerfield.
In softball, Prisuta was Geneva’s offensive spark in the lead-off spot with a batting average of .351 including 40 runs scored and 35 stolen bases in 39 attempts. Prisuta came up just one stolen base shy of tying Geneva’s single season record. In the circle, Julie DiLonardo tied the single season record for victories for the second consecutive season with her 21-9 mark. She had 118 strikeouts and a 1.67 ERA in nearly 190 innings pitched.
Jurinko was also handed PAC coach’s honors, which is the equivalent of an All-Conference selection by the conference coaches. In softball, DiLonardo and Prisuta were also awarded coach’s honors along with teammates Adriane Blake and Ashley Davis. Blake hit .352 with a team best 45 hits and three home runs. She finished her Geneva career as the all-time leader in runs scored with 122 during the past four years. Davis began her Geneva career with a .325 batting average and 27 RBI.
DiLonardo and Jurinko were each named NCCAA East Regional players of the year for 2011. Joining Jurinko on the All-East region team were teammates Adam Scheiderer, Mike Suluva, Noah Medich and Joel Gatti. Honorable mention selections in baseball went to Matt Baer, Jeremy Herzog and Mike Trn. In softball, Leanne Abate, Prisuta, Davis, Blake and Martha Adams joined DiLonardo as All-East region first team selections.
Geneva’s baseball team ended its season at 20-17 following a loss to Malone University in the NCCAA East Region tournament. The softball team finished fourth at the NCCAA national tournament with an overall mark of 27-13.
Julie DiLonardo was impressive in the circle in game one despite picking up her third straight loss. She pitched a complete game and allowed just one earned run in the loss. She struck out eight and walked only two batters. RIT took the lead with an unearned run in the second and then extended its lead on a solo homer in the top of the sixth. Geneva cut the lead to one with a run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double from Christina Fuqua. The Golden Tornadoes left the bases loaded in the sixth before coming up with the tying run. Geneva had just three hits in game one including one each from Fuqua, Martha Adams and DiLonardo.
Freshman Andrea Hinds started game two and posted a pair of shut-out innings before running into trouble in the third. After allowing a run and loading the bases, DiLonardo came on to strike out a pair of hitters and went on to close the door the rest of the way for her first victory of the season. In a game that was ended after five innings for the mercy rule, DiLonardo pitched 2 1/3 innings and struck out five. Geneva’s offense finally got going in game two. Adams put Geneva up 3-0 in the second with a three-run home run, the second homer in as many days for Adams. The Golden Tornadoes put up a five-spot in the third highlighted by RBI his from Michelle Barr, Adams and Rachel Lee. The scoring was capped off in the fifth on a two-run blast from DiLonardo. Geneva had 14 hits in game two including multiple hit efforts from Adams, Lee, Ashley Davis and Barr.
Geneva will face Wilmington
and Clark Colleges on Wednesday morning.
Adams scored on a Wilmington throwing error that was set-up following a single from Rachel Lee. Wilmington tied the game with a run in the second and ten scored a pair of runs in the fourth to take its first lead of the game. Mackenzie Kemerer came up with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to pull Geneva back to within a run. Wilmington posted an insurance run in the fifth inning before Geneva put the tying runs on base in the seventh but could not complete the comeback. DiLonardo got the loss after pitching seven innings and allowing three earned runs on eight hits. Geneva picked up six hits from six different players.
DiLonardo was dominant in game two as she posted her first shut-out of the season. She went seven innings and allowed seven singles while striking out four. The Golden Tornadoes had eight hits in the game from eight different players. Christina Fuqua opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning. Geneva came up with a three-spot in the fourth with RBI singles from Michelle Barr and Cassie Schaffer. Martha Adams pushed the final run of the game across with a bases loaded walk.
Geneva will enjoy an off
day on Thursday before getting back to work with games against Finlandia
and Mitchell on Friday afternoon.
DiLonardo went four innings in game one and struck out seven batters for the victory. She allowed just two hits in picking up her third victory of the season. An RBI double from Ashley Davis and a run scoring single from Ashley Ritchey put Geneva up 2-0 in the first inning. The Golden Tornadoes put up two more runs in the second highlighted by RBI hits from Christina Fuqua and Davis. Geneva broke the game open with seven runs in the third inning. Michelle Barr and DiLonardo each had run scoring doubles prior to another run scoring single from Ritchey. Geneva’s 13 hit attack was led by a 3-3 effort from Ritchey and two hits from Davis.
Game two featured more dominant pitching and timely hitting. DiLonardo set a single game school record with 15 strikeouts in the victory. She went the distance and allowed only two hits and a walk while striking out 15. Andrea Hinds’ RBI ground out opened the scoring in the second inning. A three-run fifth inning was highlighted by a two-run double from Davis. Fuqua and Davis closed out the scoring in the sixth inning with RBI base hits.
Geneva will enjoy an off
day on Sunday before closing out its Florida swing on Monday with games
against St. Mary’s College and Steven’s Institute.
On Monday, the Golden Tornadoes were in position to win the first game of the day but St. Mary’s College found its bats in the final innings and rallied past the Golden Tornadoes 8-3. Geneva held on to take game two over Stevens Institute by the count of 2-1.
Geneva opened the scoring in game one on Christina Fuqua’s inside-the-park home run. A line drive down the left field line resulted in the left fielder toppling over the fence while Fuqua circled the bases for her first home run of the years. The Golden Tornadoes and Julie DiLonardo tried to make those two runs stand up and they did for most of the game. DiLonardo cruised through the first four innings extending her scoreless innings streak to 17 straight. In the top of the fifth, St. Mary’s posted a run after two outs to close the gap to just one. They broke things open with four runs on four hits in the sixth. Trailing 5-2, Geneva tried to crawl back into the game with a DiLonardo RBI single in the sixth. St. Mary’s went back to work with three more runs in the seventh. Geneva had six hits in game one including two each from Fuqua and Ashley Ritchey.
DiLonardo made Geneva’s
two runs hold up in the night cap. Going the distance once again, DiLonardo
allowed eight hits and one earned run to pick up her fifth victory of the
season and pull to within just two victories of Geneva’s all-time record.
DiLonardo also got things done with the bat with RBI singles in the first
and third innings. Geneva had six more hits in game two with DiLonardo
and Ritchey each picking up a pair.
DiLonardo posted a 1.62 ERA in 56 innings of work. She struck out 58 batters including a school-record 15 punch outs in Geneva’s shut-out victory over Eastern Nazarene on Saturday. DiLonardo has won 21 games in each of the last two years and sits just two wins (49) shy of the school’s all-time record of 51 victories.
The Golden Tornadoes open
the northern portion of their schedule on Friday when they host Houghton
College in a 3 pm doubleheader.
The Golden Tornadoes managed just five hits in game one but took advantage of some defensive miscues to pile on the runs. Ashley Davis came up with an RBI single in the first inning to get Geneva on the board. An Ashley Ritchey double in the second inning plated two more runs to give the Golden Tornadoes a 4-0 lead.
A five run fourth inning was highlighted by a two-run triple from Dana Schnitzel. Mackenzie Kemerer then knocked in Schnitzel with a run scoring double. DiLonardo went four shut-out innings allowing just two hits with five strikeouts. Andrea Hinds pitched a perfect fifth inning that included a pair of strikeouts.
Game two turned into a pitcher’s
duel from the start. DiLonardo posted seven shut-out innings allowing
just three hits and striking out seven. Geneva’s offense could generate
nothing as the game went into the bottom of the 6th scoreless. An Ashley
Davis RBI single with two outs in the sixth proved to be the only offense
Geneva would need. The Golden Tornadoes had just two hits in the game with
both coming in the run scoring sixth inning.
DiLonardo allowed just three hits in game one but a two-run homer in the fourth inning proved to be the difference. DiLonardo struck out six in the loss. Geneva’s offense managed only three hits in game one and only twice advanced a runner past second base.
Geneva’s bats came alive in game two with a total of eight hits including two each from Ashley Davis and DiLonardo. Lori Deem’s two-run single in the second inning gave Geneva the lead. DiLonardo knocked in another run in the fourth and Andrea Hinds scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to stretch the lead to 3-0.
a solo homer in the sixth for the only Point Park tally. Going the distance,
allowed three hits and struck out eight in the victory.
Geneva will host Mt. Aloysius on Wednesday before traveling to Hiram next Friday for the first road games of the season.
Geneva banged out eight hits in game one including two each from Ashley Davis and Adams. The Golden Tornadoes had nine hits in the night cap but it wasn’t enough to slow down Mt. Aloysius. The Mounties opened game two with three runs in the first. Geneva rallied back again with a run in the second and two more in the third to tie the game. Ashley Ritchey’s two-run double in the third tied the score. Mt. Aloysius rebounded with five runs in the fourth inning to break the game open.
Andrea Hinds started game two and was saddled with the loss allowing seven earned runs in the outing. DiLonardo took the loss in game one despite striking out a total of 19 batters in the two games combined.
Geneva will travel to Hiram
on Friday for a doubleheader at 3:30 pm against the Terriors.
After spotting Hiram a 2-0 lead, the Golden Tornadoes exploded for six runs in the fifth inning. Christina Fuqua tied the game with a two-run double and then scored to take the lead on an RBI single from Lori Deem. Andrea Hinds came up with a two-run single prior to Dana Schnitzel scoring from third base on a double steal to cap off the big inning. The six run explosion was all Julie DiLonardo needed to pick up her ninth victory of the season. Going the distance, DiLonardo allowed eight hits and struck out a pair in the victory. Ashley Davis’ three hit performance highlighted a nine hit attack in game one.
DiLonardo was even more impressive in the night cap. Picking up her fourth shut-out of the season in allowing seven hits and striking out four for victory number ten on the season and 54 for her career. The only scoring in game came for Geneva in the top of the sixth inning. Fuqua’s RBI single knocked in Martha Adams with the only run of the game. Geneva had just four hits in the night cap.
The Golden Tornadoes will
head back to Ohio on Wednesday for a doubleheader against Baldwin-Wallace.
Geneva opens conference play next Saturday at home against Waynesburg University.
Geneva Softball Claims First PAC Title
Latrobe, PA – It was far from an offensive showcase, but the for the Geneva College softball team it couldn’t have been any sweeter. The Golden Tornadoes claimed their first ever Presidents’ Athletic Conference tournament crown on Friday thanks to a 1-0 victory over Thiel College in the championship round. Geneva managed just one hit but it was enough to help push the only run of the game across the plate in yet another pitcher’s duel for the Golden Tornadoes. With the victory, Geneva advances to the NCAA regional tournament next week at a site and time to be determined on Monday. The Golden Tornadoes moved their overall record to 30-17 for the season as they reached the 30-win plateau for the first time in six years.
Julie DiLonardo claimed the PAC tournament MVP to nobody’s surprise. DiLonardo capped off a brilliant tournament with her tenth shut-out of the season. DiLonardo yielded just three hits and struck out eight in claiming her 26th victory of the season.
With the game scoreless into the sixth inning, Geneva struck for the only run of the game. After a walk to Christina Fuqua, Ashley Davis came up with the only base hit of the game that moved Fuqua to third base. One pitch later, a throw from the catcher back to the pitching circle ended up in centerfield and Fuqua came across for the only tally of the game.
DiLonardo allowed just one
hit after the first inning and faced two batters over the minimum in the
finals six innings. Along with DiLonardo, Geneva’s Ashley Davis, Christina
Fuqua and Martha Adams were all named to the PAC All-Tournament team. “I
couldn’t be more proud of a group of young ladies than I am right now,”
said head coach Van Zanic. “This has been a special group all season and
they are so deserving of being named conference champions. It is a distinction
that will stick with them for the rest of their lives.”
May 8, 2012: Post-Season Honors Roll In
Beaver Falls, PA – With success comes accolades and the Geneva College softball team has certainly enjoyed its share of success in 2012. As a result, the post-season honors have started to flow in for the Golden Tornadoes as they prepare to make their first ever trip to the NCAA Division III regional tournament.
On Monday, the Presidents’ Athletic Conference announced its All-Conference team and to nobody’s surprise senior pitcher Julie DiLonardo was named the PAC player of the year. DiLonardo was nothing short of sensational all season and capped off her year with a perfect 3-0 performance at the PAC tournament helping Geneva win its first crown. For the season, DiLonardo was 26-16 in the circle with a 1.59 ERA and 270 strikeouts, which ranks her third in the country in NCAA Division III. Joining DiLonardo on the PAC first team was sophomore second baseman Christina Fuqua (.340) and senior outfielder Martha Adams (.343).
A pair of Geneva players were also named to the second team in sophomore shortstop Ashley Davis (.373) and junior outfielder Lori Deem (.287).
Because of its trip to the
NCAA Division III play-offs, Geneva had to forego its automatic bid to
the NCCAA national tournament. Geneva gained that bid by claiming the NCCAA
East region title. DiLonardo was named the NCCAA east region player of
the year and was joined on the All-Region team by teammates Davis, Fuqua,
Adams and Deem. Sophomore catcher Brittany Clark was named an honorable
mention selection in the NCCAA East region. Tenth year head coach Van Zanic
was named PAC coach of the year and NCCAA east region coach of the year.
Alma, MI – It was the first appearance for the Geneva College softball team at the NCAA Division III regional tournament. For the first two innings on Thursday, it became quite evident that the Golden Tornadoes were not quite accustomed to their unfamiliar surroundings. Early miscues proved to be costly in a 6-5 loss to top seeded Trine University; IN. Geneva came into the Alma, MI regional as the eighth seed and drew top seeded Trine in the first game of the tournament. The loss dropped Geneva’s overall record to 30-18 and forced it into Friday’s loser bracket and a 10 am meeting against either John Carroll or Chicago University in an elimination game.
Geneva opened its first appearance on a positive note with a tally in the top of the first. Ashley Davis lashed a single to center field scoring Martha Adams with the game’s first run. In the bottom of the inning, Trine answered with two runs. After a lead-off walk, Geneva could not handle a bunt and the Thunder were set up for a big inning. The top seed took advantage with a pair of runs to take the lead. Trine extended its lead with three more runs in the second to open up a 5-1 lead. Christina Fuqua knocked in a run for Geneva in the third to cut the lead but Trine quickly answered with another to maintain its four-run cushion.
Fuqua came up with a sacrifice fly in the fifth to cut the lead to 6-3 and the stage for what almost turned out to be an incredible comeback. Geneva posted two runs in the seventh inning on an Andrea Hinds ground out and another base hit from Ashley Davis. The Golden Tornadoes could not complete the comeback by leaving the tying run stranded on first base.
Julie DiLonardo went the distance and allowed four earned runs ten hits. DiLonardo managed just two strikeouts in the loss. Geneva’s offense was sparked by senior centerfield Martha Adams with a perfect 3-3 day with four runs scored. Davis also had two of Geneva’s eight hits in the loss.
“It was an amazing experience for our young ladies to play in such a great game,” said head coach Van Zanic. “We simply didn’t answer the bell in the first two innings on defense and it cost us against a very good team. I was proud of the way we battled offensively but you can’t make costly mistakes and expect to win on the national level.”
will play a loser’s bracket game on Friday morning at 10 am against the
loser of John Carroll and Chicago University.
"But we have a chance," he said.
That chance rests on the live arm of senior pitcher Julie DiLonardo. She was the Presidents' Athletic Conference player of the year (26-16, 1.59 ERA, 270 strikeouts) and allowed only two runs in the three-game PAC tournament.
While Geneva's offense scratches for the few runs it gets, Zanic has relied on DiLonardo to hold narrow leads in low-scoring games. The Golden Tornadoes played in 15 one-run games (10-5) and scored two or fewer runs in 21 games (Geneva actually won eight of those games).
And DiLonardo has been pitching both ends of doubleheaders all season; she had a decision in 89 percent of Geneva's games.
"She seems to get stronger, throws two times harder as the games go on," Zanic said. "She throws hard and hits her spots. If she missed three or four a game, I'm surprised."
DiLonardo's been surprising Zanic for four years, although not for missing pitches. Zanic said she was a solid, not spectacular, high school pitcher at Plum. Because she worked with former Geneva standout Erica Exler, Zanic took a chance and thought he'd work her in slowly. But a graduation and a transfer forced DiLonardo into a starting role as a sophomore, and she responded with consecutive 21-win seasons and now holds the school record (68).
"I got lucky recruiting Julie," Zanic said.
Regional eight seed Geneva
(30-17) faces top-seeded Trine (Ind.) at 10 a.m. today at Alma College
in central Michigan. The regional, which is double-elimination, also features
Allegheny Mountain Conference champion Penn State-Behrend
Alma, MI – When the Geneva College softball team looks back at its first trip to the NCAA regionals, it will feel good about competing with some of the best teams in the country. At the same time, the Golden Tornadoes could “what if” itself until next spring based on how things transpired on Thursday and Friday. Geneva saw its season come to an end on Friday with a 3-2 loss to John Carrol University In the first elimination game of the Alma Regional. The loss dropped Geneva’s overall record to a season ending 30-19.
One day after falling 6-5 to top seed Trine University, the Golden Tornadoes got off to a similar start in game two. Like round one, Geneva opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first. An RBIdouble from Ashley Davis pushed Andrea Hinds across the plate for the game’s first run. However, theinning ended with Geneva leaving the bases loaded in what would turn out to be a precursor of things tocome. John Carrol quickly responded by grabbing the lead with a pair of runs in the first inning to grab a2-1 lead that would stand until the sixth inning. Geneva again loaded the bases in the sixth and it was anRBI ground out from Rachel Lee that forced the tying run across the plate. The Golden Tornadoes couldnot complete the rally by leaving two more runners in scoring position.
In the seventh inning, Geneva looked as though it would break things open. Still tied at 2-2, theGolden Tornadoes opened the top of the seventh with consecutive singles from Hinds, Christina Fuquaand Ashley Davis. With the bases loaded and no outs, Geneva could not find a way to take the lead. Ashort fly out, a sacrifice fly and a strike out put an end to the rally. John Carrol would get the walk offbase hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to advance and left Geneva asking “what if”.
Senior pitcher Julie DiLonardo saw her amazing career come to an end with yet anothercomplete game. DiLonardo allowed three earned runs on seven hits. She struck out seven to end herseason with 285 punch outs for the year. Ashley Davis led the offense in the season finale with three ofGeneva’s ten hits. Freshman Andrea Hinds also picked up a pair of hits in the loss.
“We have set a pretty high standard for the future,” said head coach Van Zanic. “I am so proudof this team and what it has accomplished on and off the field. We will have some big shoes to fill in thefuture but we will do our best to continue to move forward.”
In the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association), senior pitcher Julie DiLonardo became the fourth player in school history to claim first team All-American status. Although Geneva had to forego a trip to the NCCAA national tournament to compete at the NCAA level, DiLonardo still did enough during her senior season to convince voters she was worthy of a first team selection.
DiLonardo and teammate Christina Fuqua were also honored at the NCAA level.Each was named a second team NFCA All-American in the first year Geneva players were eligible to be so honored.
DiLonardo finished her senior season with an ERA of 1.69 to go along with 279 strikeouts, which was good enough for the fifth highest total in NCAA Division III. She finished the year with single season school records for ERA, wins (26), strikeouts and innings pitched (298). She also set the school record for strikeouts, ERA and wins in a career.
Fuqua enjoyed a break-out
sophomore season. While her offensive numbers were impressive in their
own right with 53 hits, a .338 batting average and a team best 36 RBI,it
was perhaps her defense that was even more outstanding. In 126 chances
at second base this season, Fuqua committed just one error and posted an
incredible .992 fielding percentage.